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Peak tourist Season : not yet in Thailand

In what is supposed to be Thailand’s peak tourist season, the long tail boats along the Chao Phraya river, in the heart of Bangkok, are mostly empty these days. Tour operators have never seen it so quiet in October, Al Jazeera’s Aela Callan reports.

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In what is supposed to be Thailand’s peak tourist season, the long tail boats along the Chao Phraya river, in the heart of Bangkok, are mostly empty these days. Tour operators have never seen it so quiet in October, Al Jazeera’s Aela Callan reports.

Athiraj, a tour operator in Bangkok, said: “The number of tourists has decreased at least 50 per cent. Normally this time of year is the start of the high season and a lot of tourists are coming. But now it feels like we are still in the low season.”

Around the Grand Palace, one of the Thai capital’s main tourist attractions, the city’s famous tuk-tuks sit idle, as do many street vendors who are barely scraping together a living selling souvenirs.

“This year is the worst. It’s actually the worst of the worst,” Jintana, a tour-boat operator, said.

“Normally I have so many tourists. The number is so enormous I do not have time to eat.”

The downturn is expected to cost Thailand $4bn.

Most blame the ongoing political upheaval in the country which has left the $14bn-a-year tourist industry feeling the heat.

The political troubles are highly visible.

Red-shirted supporters of Thaksin Shinawatra, the former prime minister, regularly hold rallies outside popular tourist attractions, catching many visitors unawares.

It was the closure of Bangkok airport this time last year by Thaksins yellow-shirted opponents that has lingered in the minds of many foreign visitors.

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In most tourist areas of Thailand, locals are hanging their hopes on a surge of last-minute bookings to lift them out of the slump.

Bangkok’s largest hotel remains optimistic, though, and will continue with planned renovations in a vote of confidence for Thai tourism.

wat_poRoel Constantino, of the Shangri La Bangkok, told Al Jazeera: “If it’s the higher end of the market, because they have a choice and because they have the resources, the perception of political stability will probably come into play more than the economies of it.”

Clearly, it appears one thing above all else will bring tourists back to the Land of Smiles: stablity.

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‘SHA Plus’ certificate awarded to more tourism businesses in Phuket

The Amazing Thailand SHA certification is an important safety net in Thailand during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, providing peace-of-mind to everyone as it covers mixed used establishments that cater to all walks of life.

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‘SHA Plus’ certificate awarded to more tourism businesses in Phuket

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) today presented the Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration (SHA) Plus Certificate to more tourism businesses in Phuket, following the first ‘SHA Plus’ certificate presentation held in Phuket on 12 June, 2021.

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Thailand COVID-19 Situation as of 2 July 2021

TAT would like to recommend all to take DMHTT precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19: D – Distancing, M – Mask wearing, H – Handwashing, T – Temperature check, and T – Thai Chana contact tracing application.

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COVID-19 Daily Vaccinations

Total number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered: 10,227,183

  • Total number of people who have received 1 dose: 7,364,585
  • Total number of people who have received 2 doses: 2,862,598

Number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered today: +299,485

· Number of people who have received the first dose: +253,731

· Number of people who have received the second dose: +45,754

COVID-19 Daily Situation

Total Cases: 270,921

New Cases: +6,087 Daily Cases: 5,880 & From Prisons: 207)

Receiving Medical Treatment: 54,440

Recovered: 214,340

Deaths: 2,141

TAT would like to recommend all to take DMHTT precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19: D – Distancing, M – Mask wearing, H – Handwashing, T – Temperature check, and T – Thai Chana contact tracing application. 

TAT is constantly providing updates on the tourism-related COVID-19 situation in Thailand at the TAT Newsroom (www.tatnews.org); Facebook (tatnews.org); and Twitter (Tatnews_Org).

For additional information and assistance relating to Thailand’s tourism, contact the TAT Contact Centre 1672 or Tourist Police 1155.

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